Architect: Craftworks

Woodside Villa III
Sydenham Hill, London SE26



This two-bedroom apartment is located on the second (top) floor of Woodside Villa, an exemplary development of eight flats within a handsome double-fronted Victorian villa on the Dulwich Estate. Designed by the RIBA Award-winning John Smart Architects, the building was completed in 2008.

This particular apartment is located in the eaves of the building and measures approximately 850 sq ft. It has two double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes (one of which is currently configured as a dining space), a bathroom, a generous reception room and a galley kitchen with concrete worktop and polished-plaster walls. The high vantage point of the flat gives it views over trees at the rear of the building.

The most striking feature of the cleverly conceived interiors is a full-height central partition that divides the hall and kitchen. The structure contains the kitchen units on one side and oak-faced cupboards on the other. A skylight above the kitchen lets in lots of natural light.

The building’s entrance is to a wonderfully grand entrance hall with exceptionally high ceilings and wood floors. The development also offers a security entry phone system, as well as an allocated off-street parking space (included in the sale but on a separate lease) and covered cycle storage.

Local facilities can be found at nearby Dulwich Village and Crystal Palace, and the Sydenham Hill Wood Nature Reserve is close by. Much of the surrounding area is owned by the Dulwich Estate, which has a strong reputation for conservation. Woodside Villa is within easy reach of a number of popular Dulwich schools. The nearest train station, Sydenham Hill, offers services to Blackfriars and Victoria. Crystal Palace and Sydenham stations are also very accessible.

John Smart Architects are among Britain’s most enterprising and intelligent young practices. They were voted one of the world’s top 50 best emerging architects by Wallpaper magazine. Their first major housing development, DKH in East Dulwich, won an RIBA award, was runner-up in the Evening Standard Best New UK Housing award, and runner-up in the Grand Designs Best New UK Housing award.

Tenure: Leasehold
Lease Length: approx. 121 years
Service Charge: approx. £1,000 per annum

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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Craftworks (formerly John Smart Architects) seeks to progress the relationship between the craft of building and the art of design. The practice seeks to balances the roles of architect and developer, and has its own craft-focused, in-house construction team.

Such a synergistic structure informs the approach to the work and aims to address the restrictive and conventional practice of architecture which is often compromised by the realms of the everyday contingent. The studio is driven by risks, autonomy, experimentation and reinvention. The practice’s first major project, DKH, received the RIBA award for London’s best new housing which supported and illuminated the possible achievements of this emerging practice.

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